A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A YOUNG EQUSTRIENNE HOLDING A BIRD   Tang dynasty

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Lot 209
A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A YOUNG EQUSTRIENNE HOLDING A BIRD
Tang dynasty

Sold for US$ 3,750 inc. premium
Fine Asian Works of Art

Chinese Art

Chinese Ceramics

Property from the Collection of Barbara and Milford Nemer, Michigan
A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A YOUNG EQUSTRIENNE HOLDING A BIRD
Tang dynasty
The rider dressed in boots and a 'barbarian coat' with its lapels turned outward, holding a bird in her raised left arm as she sits astride her mount standing at rest with its four legs attached to a low rectangular plinth, the surfaces colored in white, pale blue, shades of red and black.
15 1/8in (38.5cm) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Dragon Culture, USA

    The result of Research Laboratory for Archaeology, Oxford, thermoluminescence analysis sample 866b15, originally issued 17 January 1997, is consistent with the dating of this lot.

    Tomb excavations document a broad level of freedom for women of the leisure classes during the Tang period, able to enjoy the equestrian pursuits of polo and hunting. This young woman must have taken part in a hunt, a falcon perched on her raised arm. See the two women with similar hair styles and dress in a group of five painted pottery hunters unearthed in 1991 from the early eighth century tomb of Yu Yin and Princess Jinxiang, exhibited in The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology: Celebrated Discoveries from the People' Republic of China (Washington, National Gallery of Art, 1999), no. 170, pp. 492-3.
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A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A YOUNG EQUSTRIENNE HOLDING A BIRD   Tang dynasty
A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A YOUNG EQUSTRIENNE HOLDING A BIRD   Tang dynasty
A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A YOUNG EQUSTRIENNE HOLDING A BIRD   Tang dynasty
A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A YOUNG EQUSTRIENNE HOLDING A BIRD   Tang dynasty
A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A YOUNG EQUSTRIENNE HOLDING A BIRD   Tang dynasty
A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A YOUNG EQUSTRIENNE HOLDING A BIRD   Tang dynasty
A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A YOUNG EQUSTRIENNE HOLDING A BIRD   Tang dynasty
A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A YOUNG EQUSTRIENNE HOLDING A BIRD   Tang dynasty
A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A YOUNG EQUSTRIENNE HOLDING A BIRD   Tang dynasty
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